My British charcuterie is hand-crafted with artisan care from the finest ingredients using wild game from the Scottish Borders. I source free-range, rare-breed pigs and free-range rare breed animals.
I source Shetland Sheep mutton from Northumberland. They are 4 year old wethers, raised by Bill Bourne. These rare-breed native Shetland, hardy little sheep live on wild grasses and herbs. The meat is lean with superb flavour and fine texture.
The Shetland is classed as a primitive or ‘unimproved’ sheep; however its versatility in providing tasty, sweet meat, highest quality fine fleece, ease of handling and attractive appearance have made it a popular choice for a whole range of people.
"Shetlands are a breed of sheep with an historic reputation of producing delicious mutton" Country View 2004
"The Shetland sheep produces very high quality meat with outstanding flavour and fine texture. As with other primitive breeds Shetlands tend to store much of their body fat around the organs rather than solely in the muscle. This results in far leaner meat than modern breeds." Shetland Sheep Society
My pork is sourced from pedigree and cross rare-breed pigs from Ord Mains Farm, Berwick-upon-Tweed, trading as Purely Pork. These unequalled welfare, pigs are reared outdoors, by Steve Lowdon. They are free to live in the woods and eat home-grown food. They root and wallow and live their whole lives in family groups.